The McKinney Fire Department (MFD) McTown Klownz have been educating children in the McKinney Independent School District and surrounding school districts about fire and burn safety for decades. Now Hoser, Siren, Bucky, Blaze, Plug, Mr. Sean and DJ Fuego have taken their skills nationwide. Last week, the Klownz were showcased at the Arizona Fire & Burn Educators Association conference in Bullhead City, Arizona.

The McTown Klownz taught a class on stage and set building. Over the years, the Klownz have created astonishing sets depicting popular movies and themes, to serve as a backdrop as they educate a new generation of children about fire prevention and life safety. The annual conference in Arizona helps educators learn and share ideas that will be used to keep children all over the country safe from fire and other types of burns.

Here’s why this education is so important:

  • Fires kill about 500 children ages 14 and under each year.
  • 65 percent of children ages 4 and younger who are hospitalized for burn-related injuries suffer from scald burns; 20 percent are due to contact burns.
  • Scalding hot tap water causes more deaths and hospitalizations than any other hot liquid burns.

- Information from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

“It was quite an honor to have our very own McTown Klownz invited to teach a course at the annual Arizona Fire & Burn Educator's Association conference. The association is quickly becoming one of the most respected authorities on fire and burn prevention,” said McKinney Fire Chief Daniel Kistner.

For more information on the McTown Klownz and the MFD, visit www.mckinneyfire.org, call 972-547-2893, or “Like us” on the new MFD Facebook page, www.facebook.com/mckinneytxfire.